Spanish 202 - Course Objectives

At the end of the 200-level series students will have acquired an intermediate high proficiency level in Spanish, which means they will be able to communicate with ease and confidence when dealing with everyday routine tasks and will have the skills to participate in conversations requiring an exchange of basic information related to common topics, such as work or school, or their personal interests. More specifically, students completing SPANISH 202 will be able to:

  • Talk about personal relationships: marital status, emotional states, personalities, relationships, feelings, etc.
  • Talk about the city: places, signs, directions, people, activities, etc.
  • Talk about media (cinema, television, press, etc.) and their influence on everyday life.
  • Talk about family and cross-generational relationships.
  • Talk about the environment: nature, animal world, ecology, natural phenomena, etc.
  • Moderate a formal discussion around these or other similar topics.
  • Express actions or situations that are going on at the present time, general truths, habitual actions, and actions that will take place in the near future using the present tense.
  • Describe inherent, expected qualities, temporary or variable qualities, and changes in appearance or condition using ser and estar.
  • Narrate past events and describe past actions and states using the preterite and the imperfect.
  • Express will and exert influence using the subjunctive.
  • Express doubt and denial using the subjunctive.
  • Give advice using both formal and informal commands, and the subjunctive.
  • Describe objects and people using relative clauses with indicative and subjunctive verb forms.
  • Talk about the future.
  • Express conjecture or probability using the future and the conditional.
  • Talk about future and past hypothetical events and situations.
  • Make polite requests.
  • Write a personal letter or email.
  • Write a complaint letter or email.
  • Write a formal letter or email to be published in a local journal.
  • Write a story in the past.
  • Write a formal piece of advice.

Students completing SPANISH 202 will have:

  • Gained a deeper knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and become more acquainted with the places where Spanish is spoken.
  • Increased their awareness of the U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities, through readings, videos, and classroom discussions.
  • Watched and analyzed authentic TV clips from different countries and regions in Latin America and Spain.
  • Watched, analyzed, and discussed short movies from different Spanish-speaking countries, displaying different dialects and varieties of the Spanish language. Developed the cultural knowledge to understand the context and background of these short films.
  • Explored some of the main cultural, social, and historical events of the Hispanic speaking world, with a special emphasis on Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.
  • Read, analyzed, and discussed short stories and poems from some of the most well-known Spanish writers, such as Pablo Neruda, Augusto Monterroso, or José Emilio Pacheco.